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The Longing (Grayson Brothers, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – April 14, 2003

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Short on historical depth and detail but long on convoluted plot twists, the second book in Lindstrom’s 1870s Grayson brothers series (following Shades of Honor), is an earnest but unremarkable romance set in upstate New York. When sawmill owner Kyle Grayson demands payment on a long overdue bill from Tom Drake, a business associate, Drake suffers a fatal heart attack. Feeling responsible for Drake’s death, Kyle buys his sawmill as a means of providing for the man’s arresting daughter, Amelia. What he doesn’t realize is that Drake’s enormous debts could sink his own business. Kyle confronts Amelia at her closely chaperoned teacher’s residence and unwittingly compromises her reputation—which predictably leads them to enter into a rocky marriage of convenience. Although Kyle and Amelia are attracted to each other, they both harbor secrets that may spell the end of their relationship. Lindstrom stretches her story by playing up every startling (and not-so-startling) revelation, but she excels at depicting the camaraderie between the Grayson brothers and the magic of minor interactions (the antics of a little girl and her cat are particularly affecting). These tender moments help soften what otherwise would have been a wooden, overworked tale.
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From Booklist

Believing he is to blame for the death of his friend and business competitor, Kyle Grayson promises to take care of his friend's wife and daughter. When Amelia Drake learns that her father is dead, she initially rejects her mother's idea to use the family lumber mill as her dowry. Instead, Amelia plans on accepting Kyle's offer to buy her father's mill as a way of providing for her mother, leaving Amelia to a life of dull respectability as a schoolteacher. All of Amelia's plans change, however, when she and Kyle are caught in a compromising situation. She impulsively forces him into proposing, trapping them in a marriage neither one wants but both truly need. Kyle, whose fiancee left him to marry his brother in Lindstrom's superb first romance, Shades of Honor [BKL Jl 02], is determined not to open himself up again to emotional pain and betrayal, but with the help of lonely, stubborn Amelia, he regains his sense of trust and learns to love again, in this deeply emotional, quietly captivating historical romance. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (April 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312982844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312982843
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on March 31, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Amelia Drake was a twenty-one year old schoolmarm. It seemed as though every single man in her life had manipulated her or let her down. As a teen (17) she had given herself to a man she loved and thought they would marry. Instead she had been seduced, abandoned, and doomed to life as a spinster. When her father, Tom Drake, died, Amelia and her mother found out they were broke. They decided to sell their sawmill to a business rival, Kyle Grayson. When Kyle put Amelia in a compromising situation, they had to marry.
Kyle married Amelia mainly out of guilt. Not only because the school board had caught him in her home, but also because he believed he had killed her father! Kyle had thought Tom betrayed him and confronted Tom. Tom was so distressed he went into cardiac arrest and died in Kyle's arms.
Both Amelia and Kyle had secrets they felt unable to reveal to the other. In addition, secrets from outside sources make the new marriage rocky and trust hard to come by. It was all about to come to a head!
I just gave a sample of what Amelia and Kyle were up against! Author Wendy Lindstrom gave this couple so many problems, suspicions, and betrayals that I could see NO WAY for them to have a happy ending! This author's talent shines through on every page! Recommended reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Isobel on July 25, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book too confusing from the start. It had absoulutely no reference to the period in which it was set. I felt as if I were reading a contemporary novel because of the way that people spoke. The dialogue just wasn't written the way people spoke and thought in 1871. The jacket told of a charming story about Kyle and Amelia. If only that story had followed through into the book. For instance, the best friend from law school and the brother and the mother and the best friend's stepmother who slept with the main character(blah, blah, blah) had way too much time on the pages.
I bought the book because Ms. Lindstrom was compared to LaVyrle Spencer - believe me, there's no comparison. I will give Shades of Honor a shot because that is her book that had so many good reviews, but I will look for it at the library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1871 Fredonia, New York, angry sawmill owner Kyle Grayson accuses his friend and mentor Tom Drake of trying to ruin his business by failing to make payments. Suddenly, the upset older man collapses and dies from a heart attack. Feeling guilty that he caused the fatal cardiac arrest, Kyle buys Tom's lumberyard so that the man's widow and daughter are taken care of, as he promised Tom just before his former guide died.
However, the lumberyard is in disarray and heavily mortgaged making its value almost worthless. Kyle goes to stop the deal, but is not only too late, he is caught alone with Tom's daughter, schoolmarm Amelia. They are forced to marry, but she fears making love because she lost her virginity to attorney turned banker Richard Cameron years ago. As Kyle and Amelia fall in love, secrets between the newlyweds and his best friend slowly surface that threaten to end their relationship before it truly begins.
THE LONGING is an engaging Americana romance that, though the story line contains too many secrets weighing down the plot, remains an exciting Americana tale that focuses on Kyle, who was jilted by his fiancée for his brother in the first book SHADES OF HONOR. Amelia is a wonderful protagonist who brings to life the place of the young single female in post Civil War society. Kyle is a workaholic with a conscience. Though his buddy's final actions seem out of character, fans of historical romances will appreciate this novel and long for the next stories starring a different single Grayson sibling.
Harriet Klausner
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